Public comment on Williams accreditation

Williams College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit October 22–25, 2017, by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). CIHE is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole.

The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region. Williams was last reviewed by CIHE in 2008. Its accreditation encompasses the entire institution.

For the past year and a half, Williams has been engaged in a process of self-study addressing the Commission’s standards for accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution in October 2017 to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will then recommend to CIHE a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding Williams College to:

Public Comment on Williams College
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Dr., Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514

E-mail: [email protected].

Public comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution. The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the sender’s name, address, and telephone number.

Public comments must be received by October 25, 2017. The Commission cannot guarantee that submissions received after that date will be considered.